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Franson makes it official

State Representative Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, formally filed the paperwork on Thursday, May 29, to run for a third term for the Minnesota House of Representatives to represent House District 8B, encompassing northeastern Douglas County and eastern Otter Tail County.

“I plan to run on my conservative record opposing higher taxes on hardworking Minnesota families, fighting the damaging effects of Obamacare in Minnesota, and advocating for the most vulnerable – whether that means the unborn, the disabled, or the elderly,” said Franson.

Franson, a former childcare provider, has been a leader in the Legislature opposing the unionization of childcare providers. “I’m proud that because of our work fighting the forced unionization of childcare providers in Minnesota, that law is now on hold in court,” she said.

Although a member of the minority party in the Legislature, Franson said she was able to pass several bills. During the 2013 Legislative Session, she authored a bill providing an upfront sales tax exemption for capital equipment for businesses. The other bill lifted a regulation on distilleries in Minnesota. Both were signed into law.

Franson also authored legislation that became law that provided funding for the redevelopment project on the property of Jefferson High School in Alexandria. She also successfully secured Local Government Aid funding for the city of Bluffton to help keep property taxes low.

“I’ve been an active and effective legislator even in the minority,” said Franson. “I plan to be even more productive if I’m re-elected – hopefully as a member of a new House Republican majority in 2015.”